Calgary Stampede bucking horses are off to a great start in 2016!  46 of our best are in the United States, putting up some big scores and wowing the crowds at their first rodeo of the year, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.

“We had a great weekend, the horses were awesome!” said Keith Marrington, who travels with the stock for the Calgary Stampede. Crowds were huge at the performances on the first weekend of the rodeo, and Marrington says Stampede horses made a big impression. “All of our horses performed extremely well, with the highlight being R-82 Reckless Margie.”

Reckless Margie carried Texas cowboy Jake Brown for a 90 point ride in the Bareback event on Sunday. It was by far the biggest score of the first weekend of competition, and mirrors Reckless Margie’s success at the end of 2015 at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.  Jake Brown also rode well on another Calgary Stampede horse, Turkish Whisky, on Saturday.  He now leads the average in the Bareback riding by five points.

In Saddle bronc, our Umber Bubbles teamed up with Ben Londo for 83 points and a second round win on Sunday. But it’s Jacobs Crawley leading the average after rides on Stampede horses Mad Money and Loganberry.  Sitting in second after two is Clay Elliot, thanks in part to an 80 point score on Shoshone Mountain.

The horses will stay in Denver and continue competing though to January 24. They will then move from Colorado to Texas, for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in early February.

If you are curious about the individual scores our Calgary Stampede horses earn while on the road in the US, more information can be found in the Stock Stats section of the PRCA website.

Find out more about the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver here.